Take two of our favorite things in this world: coffee and chocolate. Put them together and what do you get? A magical and delicious flavor called mocha. The two flavors, each strong and distinct on their own, are only made better when combined. So it makes total sense that on September 29th, we celebrate both National Coffee Day and National Mocha Day.
Though mocha sounds (and tastes) indulgent, it’s more than just the combination of two delicious flavors — it’s also the joining of two foods that are good for us! For centuries, people have known that coffee has health benefits. Studies have shown that coffee may lower the risk of diabetes, liver cancer, and liver disease, help control movement in people with Parkinson’s disease and lower the risk of cardiac disease. Drinking a moderate amount of coffee may even increase our life span! Not to mention, many of us look forward to that first cup of coffee in the morning.
As if we needed more reasons to eat chocolate, we can be happy that dark chocolate is a superfood! Flavanols, which are more prevalent in dark chocolate, have antioxidant effects that reduce cell damage implicated in heart disease. Dark chocolate has been shown to lower blood pressure and improve vascular function, possibly reducing the risks of diabetes, stroke, and heart attack.
When we combine coffee and chocolate, we also combine all those health benefits. If you love the taste of mocha, today is your day. Here are 15 recipes where coffee and chocolate come together in dark, delicious, and decadent ways.
1. Hawaij Mocha Ice Cream Tarts
Hawaij is a Yemeni spice blend of ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves that is used to bring warm, spicy notes to coffees and soups in Israel, so it’s perfect in these Hawaij Coffee Ice Cream Tarts. Homemade coconut mocha ice cream is poured into a grain-free mini tart crust and topped with a drizzle of melted dark chocolate. These rich and creamy tarts are the perfect treat to help you cool down and get your coffee fix at the same time.
2. No-Bake Peanut Butter Mocha Cake
This decadent No-Bake Peanut Butter Mocha Cake is 100 percent raw, gluten-free, and dairy-free! A creamy mocha filling sweetened naturally with Medjool dates sits on sweet and chocolatey mocha base of almonds and dates. It’s topped with smooth peanut butter and homemade peanut butter cups, so you can have a little bit of each flavor in every bite!
3. Mocha Almond Tarts
If you want to make your friends think you spent all day in the kitchen working on dessert, then these Mocha Almond Tarts are for you. While they may look and taste fancy, they take next to no time to prep and serve. They aren’t overly sweet, but they make the perfect complement to any dinner!
4. Mocha Peanut Butter
With a touch of cinnamon and vanilla to gently lift the bitter coffee and cocoa flavors, this Mocha Peanut Butter is absolute perfection in a classic sourdough peanut butter and jelly sandwich, added to smoothies and desserts or just eaten from a (large) spoon. Swap out the peanuts for your favorite nuts or just dive in to get the benefits of the protein, monounsaturated fats, phytosterols, vitamins, and minerals present in peanuts.
5. Chocolate Covered Mocha Cheesecake
You can’t go wrong with this decadent Chocolate Covered Mocha Cheesecake. A creamy espresso-flavored filling sits atop a pecan-date crust and the top of the cake is coated in a thick layer of rich dark chocolate then covered with plenty of chocolate chips. This is a cake you can prepare days before and just keep it in the freezer until you’re ready to indulge.
6. Mocha Crunch Pecan Butter Cups
Pecan butter is so rich and delicious, it is almost caramel-flavored. It’s the perfect choice to make these Mocha Crunch Pecan Butter Cups with. These little treats have a little chocolate, coffee, and crunchy pecans for a sinfully decadent combination. These are going to disappear before your eyes.
7. Mocha Chip Bars
Store-bought energy bars are so versatile with the date and nut base and we appreciate them because they are a wonderful source of raw energy. But now you can make your own! These Mocha Chip Bars are so simple with just a few ingredients. Enjoy eating these as a snack throughout the day or whenever you’re in the mood for something sweet.
8. Mocha Cupcakes
There’s no better combination than coffee and chocolate and these Mocha Cupcakes are the proof! They’re made with dark cocoa powder and the coffee is in both the cake and the frosting for a double dose of deliciousness. These are so good, you might just want to skip your morning coffee and have these for breakfast.
9. Mocha Pops
No matter what the weather is outside, we always want ice cream. These Mocha Pops will satisfy those ice cream cravings. They have just five ingredients – coffee, agave, coconut milk, cocoa, and some cacao nibs. Healthy and delicious, these mocha pops are perfect all year round.
10. Healthy Mocha Pots de Creme
These dairy-free Mocha Pots de Crème are made from four ingredients. That’s right, just four. No mile-long list of ingredients that will cost a fortune to buy in one go. Better yet, we suspect three of them you might already have in your cupboard. Each pudding is made from dates, cocoa powder, coffee, and silken tofu. It doesn’t get more doable than that!
11. Espresso Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge
This Espresso Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge is amazing! It’s got coffee, chocolate, and hazelnuts all together in one delicious, gooey bite. What could be better than that? Absolutely nothing. And it couldn’t be easier to make. With fresh dates to sweeten it, it’s also a treat you can feel good about eating.
12. Mocha Teff Muffins
If you’ve never used teff flour before, these Mocha Teff Muffins are a great place to start. The grain itself is teeny-tiny, and the flour is incredibly fine. It makes a silky-smooth batter that mixes with nearly no trouble, and the baked muffin has a light, delicate crumb. Once you try these, you’ll be looking for more teff recipes to try.
13. Chocolate Chunk Espresso Ice Cream
If you can’t decide between chocolate ice cream and coffee ice cream, you don’t have to. This Chocolate Chunk Espresso Ice Cream gives you the best of both in one treat. It’s rich enough to be eaten on colder days but still deliciously cold and creamy for warmer days. It hits all the right spots and is even better with chocolate-covered coffee beans. You don’t even need an ice cream machine to make this recipe.
14. Creamy Raw Chocolate Espresso Pie
Your guests will never believe this raw vegan Creamy Espresso Pie is a healthier take on dessert! The crust is made from almonds and dates and the filling is made from soaked cashews, brewed coffee and espresso beans — it’s a coffee lover’s dream. And since it’s so healthy, cut yourself an extra-big slice.
15. Raspberry Mocha Macarons
What do you get when you mix coffee, raspberry purée, and aquafaba? A deliciously fluffy Raspberry Mocha Macaron! These little French treats are adorable and tasty – no one would ever guess one of the main ingredients is the liquid from a can of chickpeas. These are light, delicious and perfect to have with…what else, a cup of coffee?!
Coffee and chocolate each have strong, distinct, and delicious flavors but when they come together, it’s pure mocha magic!
Lead image source: Mocha Crunch Pecan Butter Cups